Here is my personal favorite, the colored version of the classic Bicycle Joker. The Hoffman Encyclopedia of Playing Cards shows this type of image, of course in black and white, first appeared in 1905 (Page 90).
|Bicycle Card Joker|
An interesting yellow coloring...
Before we leave the classic Bicycle joker section, lets do a little history. This design dates to the origin story of jokers, the "Best Bower", an extra card required by the game of euchre. Note the date call out at the bottom: 1885. The Hoffman Encyclopedia of Cards (Page 90) shows this design as RMP, 1885. (But I don't think this one is an original).
This next joker, shown front and back, is also a modern recreation made to look old of the Bicycle joker.
This jester's unicycle is tiny but the tweetie bird on this finger is bigger than his head. And the bells on his hat are larger than the bird's head.
And a clown on a sort of unicycle. Actually, it looks like a ball. But I thought he belonged here with the others.
The last bicycle joker to be pictured is a modern design by the incomparable joker designer, Randy Butterfield. I hope to interview him soon to get the inside scoop on the story of this design.
This is the newest and last page in the Bicycle section. It has the novelty see-through joker (picture above front and back plus the Randy Butterfield jokers (top left and top right). The center bottom is sort of a unicycle theme. I'm not entirely comfortable with classifying him in the bicycle section but he is there. For now.